27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A By: Fr. Isaac A. Mensah
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
By: Fr. Isaac A. Mensah
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80
Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-8
Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-43
Theme: You’re God’s Greatest Investment
In the world of work people nay entrepreneurs establish businesses with the view of making profit gains from their enterprises. Even those who see their enterprises as non-profit making ventures do not intend to make loses; at least they want to break even. Therefore it will be very disheartening that after investing so much one gets absolutely nothing from it. This is exactly what we encounter in our readings for today’s liturgy.
Explanation of the Text
The first reading forms part of the section of the prophet Isaiah called Proto- Isaiah or first Isaiah (chapter 1-39). It has been labeled as the book of judgment. In this book, God pronounces judgment on his people for their unfaithfulness to Him.God is not at all pleased with the unproductive attitude of the people of Israel.
The imagery given us depicts the fact that when God elected Israel out of the many nations of the world, He nurtured her. The care and patience with which God nurtured her cannot but yield the desired fruits but they yielded wild fruits. The disappointment of the vine grower is captured in the expression in v.4. “What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?”.
Like this vineyard and the vine grower, we are God’s greatest investment. There’s nothing in this world that God has invested more than He has invested in you. Psalm 139:14 says “I thank you God for You have wonderfully and fearfully created me”. God brought us into being by placing a part of Himself in us. He created us in His own image and likeness. Thus like the vine grower His expectation is that we will bear good fruits. Remember at creation one of the commandments He gave to humanity was to be productive and fruitful; yet we keep on failing to bear good fruits.
But there is one thing intriguing about what the vine grower thought of doing to the vine. The vine is not going to be abandoned but would be left to be plundered and ravaged by animals. The question is why didn’t the vine grower destroy the vine outright but decided to let animals come and feed on the vine?
It shows once again God’s mercy towards humanity. God is so merciful that He does not abandon His people even when they failed to live up to His expectation. God has found another usage of the vine.
The Gospel gives us another vineyard parable. Everything is almost like with the first parable in the book of Isaiah. But here the issue is not with the vine but with the tenants who wanted to inherit the vine at all cost. They went to the extend of murdering all the Messengers sent by the owner. But note here too the owner of the vine didn’t destroy it but rather the tenants and still lease it to another set of tenants.
This clearly demonstrates the mercies of our God. God has invested in all of us. No one wants you to have and enjoy salvation as much as God does. God did not invest all of this to destroy you. He could have destroyed you with no investment.
God’s love is determined to save you. Having made enormous investment, He will not hesitate to do anything needful to make your salvation certain reality. We need to reciprocate this investment of God by bearing good fruits.